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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Abortion and the “Christian” Smoke Screen

The more I think about it the more it bothers me that some who claim allegiance to the Lord are critical of those of us who are vocal about the unconscionable decision made in New York to legalize all abortions through the entire gestation period and extending beyond birth to those babies who survived attempted abortion procedures. They say things like “Christians should not speak against abortion until they are willing to provide care for the many young and expectant mothers and the innocent babies after their births,” or Christians have no right to protest abortion until they are making sure there are safe places in society for unwanted babies.” 

This is a smokescreen and the devil loves it. I know a host of people who oppose abortion and I do not know one single person who opposes it because of an alliance with a political party. In fact, every single person I know who is fighting for life is motivated by a heart of compassion for innocent life; the natural feeling of pity for anyone, but especially an innocent child who finds herself in a position of desperation and helplessness. It is the strong desire within us that we cannot silence even if we wanted to…the desire to protect anyone who is innocent and cannot protect himself. 

And it is that kind of compassion that controls all of our impulses and activities. Why would anyone believe that those people who fight against the killing are not the same people who extend benevolence and kindness, generosity and concern in our communities in other scenarios in which people are in need? It’s only common sense that the folks who are fighting for those who cannot help themselves are also the first responders in situations about them when people are suffering. 

Let me just illustrate this point with a family that I know personally. This family consists of two parents who have been very outspoken in defense of pre-born life. These parents are currently trying to place multiple pre-born babies. They personally have been through the adoption process up to the point of bringing the child home, when the birth mother decided to keep the baby at the last moment.  They were supportive, then, of this mother’s decision. They have helped, recently, to find a home for a foster child with a disability and that child has been successfully placed. They have recently helped find a home for a foster child with a disability and that child has been successfully placed. These parents  raised their two children, who are now adults, to speak and write in various venues about the sanctity of life. One of their children established a chapter of National Right to Life on his university campus and raised money for pro-life causes through that venue, while he also raised money for already born children with diseases and volunteered in the school system in his area where children in poverty attended.   One of the now adult children volunteers regularly at a pregnancy clinic for unwed mothers. The other is actively working at present to find homes for three pre-born children. All of the members of this family take advantage of opportunities when they are presented to provide funding for children in foster care homes and children’s homes. Their contributions to their churches are often used for the purpose of helping disadvantaged children, as well. They contribute to food banks, school drives for children in need and  Christmas gifts for children in foster care. 

See, compassionate Christians are compassionate in all situations. It is true that those who fight abortion cannot personally care for every child born in a situation of poverty or disadvantage. But that obvious fact should not deter us from preventing their murder!  I’m not an expert in philosophy, but even I can think this through….Just because I cannot personally rescue the thousands who are victims of human trafficking, take them under my wing and restore each one to mental and social well-being, does not mean I should be silent as they are victimized, or worse, be okay with their “elimination.” 

May God help us when people who are called by His name attempt to silence—even mock— those among us who are defending innocent life; when “Christians” add their voices to the wicked throng in support of death for our most vulnerable. What must the Father think when unworthy people He once adopted are, arguably, effectively consenting to murder by criticizing those Christians who are fighting for life? 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

“I Will Forever Love this Coach…”

Lots of you already know that transferring the celebration of Father’s Day from happy travels to see the patriarch and gifts for the aged man who raised you… I say the transfer to celebrating solely the great man who is the father of your own children is difficult. You have to work to fill the big heart chasm left when the patriarch dies. But almost all of the work was done at Calvary. You know you’ll see your earthly father again when you see your heavenly Father for the first time. There is great support, comfort and hope in Calvary for every situation in the Christian’s life. So I am pretty determined to celebrate Father’s Day with hope and gratitude at the forefront. (Maybe I’m also just preparing myself on paper for a hard day, but I am surely going to give it my very best shot.)

In honor of the memory of my father, I’d like to share this little tribute I received shortly after his passing. It speaks to the value of a good man’s influence, a simple integrity, and just doing the right thing. 

I am praying for this sweet man upon whom also fell the good influence that molded me…that persisted through my life in a father that was looking forward to heaven. I’m glad for Dad. Being in glory is the point…the whole point of a life well-lived. In fact, all the other points of light in any life are extinguished at death. But the reflection of THE Light (John 12:46) just brightens to eternity.

Here’s the tribute:

Remembering Lee Holder

Mr. Holder came to Webster’s Chapel School as a teacher about 1951. He taught the 8th and 9th grade. I was a 9th grader. Webster’s Chapel is a small, rural community in Calhoun County. He was a very good teacher. All the students loved him. He was fair, friendly, honest and always had his students’ best interests at heart. 

He was our junior high basketball coach. He was skilled at coaching and knew how to get the best out of his players. I was the son of a share-cropper (farmer) and my family could not buy me any basketball shoes. In the 8th grade, a year before Mr. Holder came to be our teacher, I only got to play in the games when we played on an outside court because of not having tennis shoes. I got enough money to buy a pair of shoes in my 9th grade year, and made the team, coached by Mr. Holder. Win or lose, after the games, he would stop by a cafe and we would get a burger. I never had any money. He would buy my burger, but none of the rest of the players ever knew he paid for my food. 

I was on the starting five on the team. When I needed to rest, he would call time out. I would take off my shoes and let my substitute borrow them. He didn’t have any tennis shoes, just like me the year before. He was a team player coach. We had a star player on our team, but he hogged the ball, he wanted to be the star player. He benched him for a while, until he played as a team.

This rag tag team beat teams that we were not supposed to. We beat a team one night, a big school, we had to escape the fans and players to keep from getting hurt. They rocked Mr. Holder’s car as we left the parking lot. He wouldn’t let us fight back.

I will forever love this coach and the role he played in my life. He motivated me to do my best regardless of my upbringing. He taught me compassion, team work, do your best, right living, sacrifice, and to invest in others. Perhaps, although as far as I know we hold the record as the best of record winning in basketball that our school ever had. He did his best coaching off the court, by investing in the lives of his students and players. 

It was good to see him again after more than 50 years when I visited the Jacksonville Church of Christ. I will see him again when I get to heaven. 

Then this handwritten note: 

I will forever love this coach, too.